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Granada’s Maddox Coleman (#7) and Elijah Rodriguez (#3) break up a long pass intended for Konner Rowden-Stum of Genoa-Hugo in a first-round game of the Class A 6-man state playoffs on Saturday at Manuel Gonzales Field in Granada.
John Contreras

#3 Granada Survives Near Upset Against #14 Genoa-Hugo in First-Round of the 6-Man State Playoffs

By John Contreras

November 10, 2023

In a heart stopping game that went down to the wire, the #3 seed Granada Bobcats survived a near upset against the #14 seed Genoa-Hugo Pirates in a first-round showdown of the Class A 6-man state football playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Manuel Gonzales Field in Granada.

Granada held a 39-32 lead with 1:38 remaining in the game when Genoa-Hugo made things interesting.

From their own 15-yard line, the Pirates scored in six plays to trail by only one point, 39-38, with 42 seconds on the clock.

With the outcome of the game on the line, the Bobcats came through with a huge defensive play when the kick on the extra point was blocked by Javier Tejada to preserve a nail biting victory for the Bobcats and their loyal fans.

“That for sure was a wild afternoon for our team,” said Granada head coach Traegon Marquez. “We knew that Genoa-Hugo was going to be a tough match up with their speed and they proved it. In the first half, we shot ourselves in the foot too often and they capitalized. When it finally felt like we got our footing and had momentum we lost one of our key players in Maddox Coleman, right before half time.”

“Our kids had to come out in the second half and find a way to play without the key cog for our offense and defense. Our senior led us and played with a ton of heart. I’m proud of my team. They won this one with grit.”

Going into that game, the Bobcats seemed the overwhelming favorite with an 8-1 regular season record compared to the 4-5 record by the Genoa-Hugo team.

However, the Pirates proved otherwise.

In the first quarter, Granada received the opening kickoff and struck on a quick drive that was capped on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Maddox Coleman to Cooper Dorenkamp. A successful conversion play on the extra point put the Bobcats ahead 7-0 with 6:49 showing.

Genoa-Hugo engineered a scoring drive that was capped on a run by Konner Rowden-Stum. A kick by Trey Smith on the extra point made it 8-7 for the Pirates.

The Bobcats countered with a drive to the Genoa-Hugo five-yard line, but then fumbled and the ball was recovered by the Pirates.

Genoa-Hugo capitalized on the turnover and marched down to the Granada 19-yard line. A facemask penalty against the Bobcats then advanced the ball to the 4-yard line. Smith then lobbed a pass to Logan Sitzman for the score.

Smith booted over the PAT to give his team a 16-7 lead with 7:20 showing in the second quarter.

Granada’s first possession of the second quarter ended in a successful drive. Starting from their own 15-yard line, the Bobcats later scored on a 4-yard TD strike from Coleman to Elijah Rodriguez. The extra point kick was good by Jose Sanchez to cut the Pirates’ lead to 16-15 with 3:41 left in the first half.

Following an onside kick, Genoa-Hugo lost the ball on a fumble at Granada’s 25-yard line.

The Bobcats struck paydirt four plays later on a 10-yard run by Jonus Guevara. The kick was good by Sanchez to give the Bobcats a 23-16 lead with 1:30 showing before halftime.

Following a punt by the visitors, Granada took over on its own 25 with 40 seconds left.

On the third play, Coleman was looking to pass but ran the ball to his right. He was tackled going out of bounds and was injured on the play.

Unfortunately, Coleman was unable to return to action in the second half.

The Bobcats were forced to make changes on offense and defense but banded together and displayed grit and determination to make the plays when they needed.

Jonus Guevara saw duty at quarterback for the Bobcats and was the workhorse.

“When Maddox got hurt you could just kinda look around and see the energy go downhill because he plays a huge role on our team,” said Guevara. “I and a couple other seniors had to find some way to start a spark on the defense side of the ball coming out of half time. We did our thing on defense and then our coach Traegon Marquez said, ‘Jonus you are in at quarterback.’ My first thought was hey it’s time to step up big time. So, all of us did our thing and showed everyone what Granada football can do.”

In the second half, the Pirates would score twice in the third quarter while the Bobcats were held scoreless and things kind of looked bleak.

Granada found a spark in the fourth quarter to outscore the Pirates, 16-6.

With 6:06 showing in the third quarter, Genoa-Hugo would regain a 24-23 lead.

On a fourth-and-19 from midfield, Smith pitched the ball to Rowden-Stum who swung wide to the left, evaded tacklers and sprinted into the end zone on a 40-yard scamper. Smith’s PAT kick was good.

After Granada turned the ball over on downs, Genoa-Hugo took over on the Bobcats’ 39-yard line with 2:29 left in the third quarter.

On a fourth-and-9 from the 30, Smith threw a pass to Brady Simmons to the 6-yard line.

On the next play, Logan Sitzman took the handoff and scored. Another good kick by Smith was good to make 32-23 and things started to look worse for Granada.

Before the third quarter ended, Granada turned the ball over on a fumble that was recovered by Clayton Nelson at the Bobcats’ 15-yard line.

Granada’s defense rose to the challenge and prevented the Pirates to score.

On fourth down at the 16, Genoa-Hugo was unable to score and turned the ball over on downs.

From their own 16, the Bobcats drove down the field mixing well-thrown passes and key runs.

Facing fourth down at the Genoa-Hugo 30, the Pirates were penalized for pass interference.

On fourth-and-two, a pass from Guevara to Terence Hainer was completed for a15-yard touchdown. Sanchez booted the extra point and the Bobcats trailed by just one point, 32-31, with 5:46 left in the game.

After a good return on the kickoff by Rowden-Stum, the Pirates put together another drive deep into Bobcat territory.

A turnover on a fumble by Genoa-Hugo was recovered by Granada at Bobcats’ 18-yard line.

Granada marched the ball down the field and hit paydirt on two-yard plunge by Lupe Martinez as the Granada bench and fans went crazy. The PAT kick by Sanchez put the Bobcats back in the lead 39-32.

With 1:38 left in the fourth quarter, Genoa-Hugo went to work.

Starting from their own 15-yard line, the Pirates drove to the Granada 28.

On second down at the 15, Smith connected on a pass across the field to Rowden-Stum for the touchdown with the score, 39-38, with 42 seconds left on the clock.

Genoa-Hugo then lined up for a kick on the extra point with an opportunity to win the game.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, the Bobcats busted through the line to block Smith’s kick by senior Javier Tejada to preserve the win for Granada.

“Going into that game, we knew Granada was the No. 3 seed, but we believed that with our speed we could keep up with them,” said Genoa-Hugo coach Kenny Book in an article in the Limon Leader. “We were able to contain their running game, keep the scoring close and make some big plays. Our final touchdown gave us the chance to win, but I’m very proud of how hard our guys played.”

For Granada, Coleman had 109 yards rushing and 75 yards passing and 1 TD before his injury.

Jonus Guevara, who took over at quarterback for the Bobcats, had 109 rushing and 1 TD. He also had 75 yards passing and 1 TD.

Lupe Martinez had 59 yards rushing and 1 TD and 30 yards receiving.

Elijah Rodriquez had 67 yards receiving and 1 TD and Alan Ayala had 47 yards receiving.

Terence Hainer had 47 yards receiving and 1 TD.

For Genoa-Hugo, Trey Smith completed 10-of-16 passes for 185 yards and 2 TDs.

Konner Rowden-Stum completed 4-of-4 passes for 28 yards.

Konner Rowden-Stum was the team’s rushing leader with 102 yards on 13 carries with 2 TDs.

On the receiving end, Rowden-Stum caught 4 passes for 114 yards and 1 TD and Logan Sitzman had 5 receptions for 43 yards and 1 TD.

Genoa-Hugo’s defense was led by Trey Smith who registered 23 tackles (15 solo) against the Bobcats.

Granada (9-1) now has a date with Cheyenne Wells (6-5) in a state quarterfinal showdown on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 o’clock in Granada.

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